Chaplin School Hall of Fame

Throughout its 50 year history, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners have made significant contributions to the field of hospitality and tourism management. The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Hall of Fame Award recognizes influential figures whose achievements, creativity, and professionalism have significantly impacted the hospitality and tourism industry locally, nationally, and/or internationally.

Nominee criteria

Nominees for induction to the Hall of Fame are considered for induction based on their achievements, professionalism, and character. A significant achievement is one in which the exceptional skills and abilities of the candidate are exemplified. A nominees’ major career focus must be in the field of hospitality as an entrepreneur, executive, or owner, who provides support and counsel to the industry.

The nominee must have made outstanding accomplishments in the global hospitality and tourism industry through innovative methods and should have significantly impacted the industry over his or her career. The nominee should have prominent industry and peer recognition since he or she will serve as a role model for hospitality and tourism professionals and Chaplin School students. In addition, the nominee must show a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion throughout their career.

Hall of Fame winners


The first inductee into the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Hall of Fame is William B. Talbert, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). Bill has been an important part of the growth of hospitality in South Florida for more than 30 years. He is on the dean's Executive Advisory Board and with his guidance and advice has been a crucial figure in the growth and success of the Chaplin School.

Bill received the first-ever FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Hall of Fame Award in June of 2021. The intimate ceremony was hosted at the Chaplin School Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab and among those in attendance were FIU Chaplin School's dean Michael Cheng, FIU faculty and staff, students, alumni, Bill's colleagues at the GMCVB and other leaders in the industry. Congratulations Bill!